Every once in a while a literary piece of genius comes along by a fairly unknown author. This is true about The '49 Indian by Craig Moody. I came across it by accident and decided to order it through Kindle. One of the best reading decisions I ever made. Not since the magnificent movie "Philadelphia" starting Tom Hanks, at least that I know of, has there been such an eloquently, heart wrenching, and important piece of artistic writing. A tragic love story that needs to be told of the ugly treatment of the gay AIDS ridden population in the 1980's. I finished the book and was so emotionally distraught afterwards. It truly pulls at your heartstrings. Love is love and comes in all shapes and forms. To be loved so intensely as Gauge and Dustin is a blessing. I came away with this message: We as human beings need to be more compassionate, treat people equally and accept any form of love that may make people happy. We must help the sick and not turn away from ignorance. This is how I understood this book and got from it. Mr. Moody's writing is so poetic and emotionally driven. Every page came alive with a vision in my head. He is a compassionate writer of the future. You can feel his love of writing with every word. I am so looking forward to his next book and those afterwards.
A beautifully told tragic tale that will haunt you long after you finish it. An honest portrayal of a love affair during the most tragic era of LGBT history. Told in the 1st person, the narrative follows the awakening of a young man who follows his heart on a journey that opens his eyes as well as his heart. This is one story that you simply cannot put down. Told as a modern odyssey from east to west, the characters experience, as will you, a journey not only across the country but into some of this country's reaction to this love. If you are interested in a moving, page-turning story that will stay with you long after you put it down, this one is for you. You will want to re re-read this very personal journey again and again. This is the kind of literature that will prompt discussion and reflection. Get it, read it, then read it again.
I it has been quite a long time since I have read a book I could not put down. This book is it. The depth of descriptions by the author involved me immediately, taking me into the lives of the characters. This is a story of unconditional love between two people, set back in a time of hatred and ignorance. The author, in this his first book, touched my heart and sent it on a roller coaster ride of sorrow, anger, and undeniable love for these two young people. I look forward to Mr. Moody's next book.
WOW. Tragically beautiful are the words that come to mind. The writer pulls you in immediately and makes you feel as though you're part of the journey and not a bystander. It's poetically lyrical. The story itself has you hope for a love that strong. Can't tell you what happens, but it's more than worth a read!!!
What I love most is that Craig Moody is a first time novelist and hit it straight out of the park. As with everything I read, I always anticipate the happy ending; and when the perfect happy ending isn't there, I'm distraught for days. The power, emotion and love shown in this book really make you think about your own life and how tragic sometimes life is. My only wish was that I bought a hard copy; so that I could send it off to be autographed!
From the exposition to the denouement, Craig’s novel is a mellifluous flow of enthralling events. The words are so elegantly polished and the imagery so vividly expressive that it was like watching a film in high-definition. From the outset in the very first scene, Craig’s words did more than just paint moving pictures, they created a three-dimensional cinematic experience that very few books can achieve. This novel is the whole package; a captivating, emotion-stirring story, a steady, intensifying progression of plot, and a beautifully well-written literary form. The ‘49 Indian was a very exquisite page-turner for me and I honestly cannot regard Craig highly enough. I hope his readers grow and more people get the chance to enjoy a wonderful novel.
I could not put this book down! The '49 Indian is a great read about young lovers on a journey through life's ups and downs. This book was also a reminder that love shared between two people can withstand just about anything. If the author wanted to reach out and squeeze the hearts of the readers......mission accomplished!
I was completely blown away by Craig Moody's debut novel, The '49 Indian. This is a love story, a cross-country trip story, and a sad reminder of how fragile life is. Craig Moody has drawn full and compelling characters and a plot that moves at a fast pace. You really empathize with the main characters.